Our mission

Every time a product is thrown away, all the materials and energy that went into its initial production go to waste. Their value is wiped out. Forever.

At Reverse Garbage, our role is to save materials from going to waste in landfill and to renew their value by making them available for reuse by families, students, artists and community groups.

It’s one of the most effective ways we can reduce our impact on the natural environment. And it allows us to be more thrifty, more independent, more creative and more responsible in how we live our lives.

How we do it

Every year, we accept donations from businesses and individuals of around 35,000 cubic metres of items that would otherwise end up in landfill. That’s around 100 football fields’ worth of industrial off-cuts, over-runs, art and craft materials, stage props, knick-knacks, furniture and other odds and ends.

  • We make those materials available to the public at low cost through our Marrickville warehouse and our online shop.
  • We hold workshops that give community members the skills and inspiration they need to make the most of the resources they find at Reverse Garbage.
  • We manage a program of educational workshops suitable for little kids and school across a range of ages, abilities and needs.

And we proudly provide support to other community, creative and educational groups in the form of donated materials, service-in-kind, mutual benefit projects and small financial sponsorships.